Women lag when it comes to starting businesses. According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, “In societies where women perceive they have the capabilities for entrepreneurship, there is a greater likelihood women will also perceive entrepreneurial opportunities. However, fewer women (47.7 percent) than men (62.1 percent) believe they have the capabilities to start and run businesses.”
Where does it come from?
I am one who believes that I was destined to be an entrepreneur and ever since I was a little girl I’ve had ideas in my mind since I can remember. I was always my family’s organizer and idea generator, an entrepreneur’s trait.
Thankfully, my mother recognized the gift in me and she nurtured it; allowing me to explore different ventures, such as spearheading family events and activities; creating signs and bringing awareness by involving other friends and family (advertising and marketing). I was also able to create and manage events, such as rummage sales and family functions, giving me the overall experience of business administration and management.
This is a very passionate subject for me because I desire to see women excel in career and in business. This is especially true for creative women who seem to have a difficult time fitting into the average 9 to 5 boxed in j-o-b (journey of the broke). As an entrepreneur you will find it to be very difficult working for someone other than yourself. Relax, you are not alone!
There are legions of us hiding behind insecurities, fearing rejection, and confused about how to launch. The time to break free from business start-up anxiety is now. You can begin by learning to assemble yourself among other like minded people; start networking and meeting with organizations that support women in business such as, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation.
You are not alone
Are you starting to get excited about launching your business? You should be, and please remember that just like any other successful business; yours will also see its share of peaks and valleys. Having the nerves to launch takes strength, and if you can build up the stamina to launch a company, you deserve to see it prosper.
Remember that fear is a normal emotion, but when fear comes upon you recognize it for what it is, and realize that fear will be there to get you off track. It is okay to be afraid but it is not okay to give up on your dreams. Conquer fear by doing something productive and beneficial to your business, such as writing your plain vision down on paper. Many people refer to this as, writing the vision down and making it plan.
Write the vision down and make it a plan
If you aren’t sure what the components of a business plan are visit score business planning as a resource. There are times when women feel inferior to their male counterparts, causing them to shy away from owning and operating businesses; especially non-traditional businesses. Change has to start within ourselves first, then our families, our local communities, national communities, and ultimately the entire world.
Oftentimes, when women have business ideas, they have no idea what to do or where to start. The first key to finding out the right business opportunity is to identify the very thing that you excel at and that brings you joy. I don’t care if it’s painting, writing, landscaping, cleaning, or book keeping. The main objective is to identify your gifts and utilize them to launch your business.
Don’t get it twisted
One way to identify your purpose is to recognize the inner voice that always speaks to you and that very thing that relaxes you when you are doing it (whatever it is.) This is your divine talent and you must listen, obey, and begin working on building your vision. Everything else that is added to it, such as education, experience in financial services, management, and human resources is just a bonus!
I realize that there will be times when you won’t understand or will not be able to identify with your purpose because life’s challenges and money problems may come to deter you. Here is a resource that will assist you with identifying your passion “What Type of Business Should I start?” Once you identify with your gifts and talents, begin by writing your vision down in the form of a business plan and start building. If you are a resident of the state of Wisconsin, use this resource to help you determine the best legal entity to establish Wisconsin Business Builder.
You have a passion to do something, but your everyday 9 to 5 job is the only thing that you know. Well, I am here to open the flood gates! You can do all things. You have a natural talent within, I suggest that you tap into it, use it, and launch. I also want you to know that there will definitely be obstacles in your way. You will have to eventually break away from employers, friends, family, and mentors. I want you to know that at first, they will become defensive. Believe me, they have gotten to know you and they know how smart and powerful you are.
Many of them have used your talents and gifts to build their own companies. But, when you inform them that you are going to launch your own, they may become offended and may accuse you of all manner of things but, always remember that you have the right to launch your own company! Remain focused and always continue education, find a mentor that understands and respects you as an entrepreneur and professional, and remain optimistic about your future. It may help to seek guidance from a business coach. Go to Pinnacle Motivations to get assistance and encouragement from Shontina Gladney (The Motivator.)